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Easy Ways To Fix A Stubborn Roof Leak
Learn The Tips Used by Professional Roofing Contractors
The telephone rang at 02:00 in the morning. When the telephone rings at this time, it usually mean
trouble, this time, it was exception. The frantic voice at the other end was claiming that his home ceiling
was falling – literally. All the rain that had fallen for the last two days had turned a small roof leak into a
water fall. The customer was requesting emergency roof services, at 02:00 AM, to stop in the middle of a
rainy morning. He was not happy when I explained that it would not be safe to tackle the roof in the
darkness. The lesson in here is “do not wait for rain to fix your roof leak!”

Common Places Leaks Occur in Roofing
This article will give the necessary knowledge to locate a roof leak. It will also tell you the best way to get
your roof repaired.
Portions of the roof vulnerable to leakage are the joints between the roof and the roof
mounted structures, such as the chimney. The joint between the roof and a vertical wall; and the joint
between two slopping sections – valleys.

While roof leaks are common in many homes, the basic locations are the skylights, ice dams, wall step
flashings, missing shingles, plumbing vent flashing, chimneys, fields of shingles, and furnace or B-vent
flashings. As common areas, many homeowners struggle to find the exact location when it comes to roof
Leaks can occur anywhere on the roof and for any number of reasons. Severe weather which brings rain,
snow, wind and hail are hard on the roofs. Some roofs leak because they are plain worn out.
Roof Inspection after a snow storm...

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Tips to find the source of the roof leak:
People usually notice the roof leak after the water begins to drip through the ceiling. However, the
source of the leak is rarely directly above the water stain. These tips will help you locate the sources of
a roof leak:

  • In the attic, start above the ceiling leak and follow the water stains on the deck to the potential
    source. Watch for a ray of sunlight to indicate a nail hole.
  • Have a friend hose down the roof while you watch the leak from the inside of the attic.
  • If you find a hole, mark the location by using a wire hanger through the hole. Make sure your
    friend is able to locate the wire hanger on the top of the roof.
  • When you look for leak on asphalt shingles, start by looking for worn out shingles with dark
    patches in them. This indicates loss of surface granules. Look also for curled and damaged
  • Look also for broken or missing shingles.
  • On a roof with a valley, clean out all debris accumulated in the valley. Search for broken or
    missing flashing material.

How to identify leak stains and Their Locations
An identifiable stain is the mold or moisture around the vents, chimneys, and skylights. These are the
intersections in which water connects. After finding the leaking locations, it's important to move
perishable items such as electronics, furniture, and other home appliances as well as catching the leak
in a bucket. We have seen the movies in which buckets are located every other foot in the home; do not
let this happen to your roof. Identifying the stains and locations are the first steps to saving your home
from damaged goods by simple leaks. Your roofing contractor will explain the necessary requirements
to ensure your possessions are safe while checking the condition of the ceiling before repair.

Simple Emergency Repairs to Reduce Leakage
Taking preventive measures will save you money in expensive roofing repairs. Consider checking and
fixing simple issues if your roofing contractor notices leakage from your shingles, cracks in your
chimney, or degraded flashings. Fix roof leaks right away. It is not recommended that you do the roof
repair yourself due to its complexity and the required knowledge of its repairs – besides, it is
dangerous. Call a certified and insured roofing contractor who will provide the best insight of taking
care of your roof as well as explain the procedures that are used to remove leaks and secure your

Implementing Temporary Protection:
If you are not afraid of heights and are handy with tools, you can do some temporary roof repairs. A little
bit of tar, few roofing nails, and some flashing can get rid of small annoying leaks. Some cases such as
the one mentioned below is a simple, easy-to-do repair you can complete to remove stubborn leaks.
Water flowing inside the flat surface of the deck – Simple Roof Repairs:  
Take a small pry bar to remove the shingle in question then layer a thick hint of tar across the area.
Nail the shingle back down then cover the entire shingle in tar. If you cannot use the same nail holes,
place tar within and on top of the holes to prevent leakage through the deck. Before you are done,
place another thin layer of tar on the underside of the shingles just for safe-keeping. You should see a
change in the area and the leak should end after the tar is applied properly.

Simple Ways to Limit the Damage
Roofing repairs can be an expensive investment for any homeowner. You can limit the damage to
your home by taking action early. If you feel that your home is in need of an assessment from a
roofing professional, take the time to consult someone who understands the ordeals. A simple phone
call to your local roofing contractors can land you in the right position to pinpoint future problems.
Home improvements including replaced shingles, flashings, and decks can complicate the process.
If you are not a roofing professional, do not try to attempt complex projects on your own. Be safe.  Let
a professional take a look, provide an estimate, and get the job done right with quality materials.
Consider this investment a long-term agreement for a happy home.
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